The Nest

Thursday, November 18, 2021
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Hebrews 13:20-21 – May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

It was there, lying upside down on the ground. I stopped to check it out. It was a bird's nest.

Earlier in the summer, my daughter had pointed it out to me. High up in the pine, it was home to a robin and her fledglings.

Now that fall had arrived and the babies had all flown away, the nest had been abandoned, and the last major wind storm had blown it to the ground.

I picked the nest up to examine it. The nest was tightly woven with twigs and grasses and then plastered with a smooth layer of hardened mud on the inside where the eggs would be laid and eventually hatched, making a perfect home for raising and launching baby robins into the world at large.

Later, I discovered that it weighed in at 9.4 ounces, over half a pound. The average weight of a female robin is only 2.7 ounces, with the males weighing 2.5-3.3 ounces. How amazing it is that such tiny, frail creatures could not only build something so much larger than themselves but also something so intricate, detailed, and strong, using only their beaks and feet!

How amazing it is, that we, as God's people, tiny and frail, vulnerable and mortal — really nothing more than dust — are equipped, through our relationship with Jesus Christ, with everything that we need to do His will here on earth: His perfect, intricate, and detailed will; a will that is holy, good, righteous, just, patient, kind, loving, wise, and gentle, even in the most difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible of situations. Yet, as mind-boggling as this seems, according to today's Scripture, it is true.

Just as the Lord Himself equipped those tiny robins to build a nest that far outweighed them and was an astounding work of construction, durability, and usefulness, so, too, are we equipped by God to do astounding, durable, and useful works for His kingdom, here on this earth.

So today, let us not shirk from anything that God may be calling us to do because we feel that we can't possibly do it. For according to His Word, we can do it.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that You have equipped us through Christ, with everything good for doing Your will, now and forevermore. Bless us with the strength and faith to trust in this truth, that Your will may be done on earth through us. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    That’s a great analogy! Thank you, Lynne.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.

    Great post, Lynne. Praying for all the people in BC affected by the floods. God bless!

    Thank you, Lynne, encouraging to know we can do things we feel impossible. Do hope you are safe in Atlin and have no fears of flooding. Take care and stay safe. Blessings.

    Thank you, Lynne.
    You paint wonderful pictures with your words!
    May God continue to bless you!

    Super message today, Lynne.
    How is your situation with the flooding waters and mudslides?
    God is trying to get our attention, I am sure.

    Another great message Lynn. You are so full of inspiration from the natural world. But you also know your scriptures! Thank you.

    Thank you so much for your always inspiring Devotionals. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy days to write your Down-to-earth encouragements.

    What a wonderful inspiration today.
    May the LORD continue to bless you as you feed us spiritually in such an interesting way.

    Oh Lynne! That hit right home! I have been repenting the times I have thought, yes Lord, but not me/ yet/ possible/ urgent/ necessary; in fact any excuse I can come up with!
    Many thanks for a prodding to “get ‘er done”.

    Good morning, Lynne
    Thank you once again for your encouraging words today.
    May our wonderful God bless you today. Trust you living in Northern B.C are doing okay with all the disasters out there.

    May you be equipped to deal with the aftermath of the weather in your area. We sit here watching the devastation once again affecting beautiful British Columbia.
    May you recover quickly as the robin built its nest.
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Thank you, Lynne, for today’s devotional. It sure is fitting for what is going on in British Columbia at the present time. Authorities presented with almost insurmountable tests are out there serving and helping others to the best of their abilities. God has surely equipped them. Have a good day, I am not quite sure where Atlin is, but pray that you are safe, warm, and dry.

    Dear Lynne,
    Boy did I need this encouragement today. I know what I am to do in His service, but on this day, I’m hearing negative whispers. I will contemplate on and pray about this Hebrews scripture. I will remember the Robins doing a much bigger work than themselves. God is so good to encourage us through others. I appreciate your work.

    Hi Lynne
    Thank you for sharing about the robins and their building a nest which is heavier than they are. I have learned something about the weight of robins and more about the complexities of the nests they build. It is a good example of how we can be used by God to do amazing things.

    Good morning, Lynne,
    I saw a video showing a bird weaving his/her nest. It was amazing to see. I don’t know how they got the video but an eye opener.
    God has done an amazing job with the creation of the world and all the different skills he has given all creatures. Even though I might know that God has equipped me well to do his will, it sometimes feels it is beyond my capabilities. It takes some time to come to the mindset to give it a try.
    Great message and good Bible verse to help us to think about God’s will for us. May the JOY of your faith continue to bless you to do God’s will. Blessings.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for this very informative and most meaningful devotional today. It was interesting to read about the tiny weight of robins and yet what a strong structure they could make for a nest. Amazing what creations God has made not only in us humans but all creatures on earth. As human beings there is so much we can do using the abilities we have to do the Lord’s work and serve others. Present situations happening in our province right now and how people are coming together to support those in dire situations is heartwarming to hear and to see, how they are using their God given abilities to help. Blessings to them and many blessings to you Lynne for these very special writings you do for the morning devotional program.

    Good morning, Lynne,
    Thank you for your beautiful story “The Nest”. Good reflection and meditation.

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